The Art of Engaging, Listening, Building Power and Mobilising of Social Change and Action
A Practical Introduction to Community Organising (Free for people living or working in St. Paul's)
Saturday 2nd of April, 2016 10-5pm @Docklands Youth Centre St Pauls's Settlement, 74-80 City Rd, Bristol BS2 8UH
What is Community Organising?
Community organising is the practice of drawing the community together, to unite around common concerns and build collective people power to address them. Organisers listen. We encourage. We connect people. We motivate friends and neighbours to act together for the common good. We draw out the stories that connect us, and unleash the potential of our communities. We help our communities get organised to create people powered change.
Who are these organisers? Barack Obama? Martin Luther King? Rosa Parks? Well sure, they started out as community organisers but… No, we are people just like you; people who care about our community. Good listeners. Enthusiastic types; persuasive - sometimes angry. We’re incredibly diverse, but we share some values (things like equality, democracy, fairness and community itself).
This is not a drop in session, to make sure you have a place, you must book, using the form at the bottom of this post
Who is this training for? People of all ages, living and working in St. Paul's who also care about social action, social change or collective action and want to explore new ways of engaging and mobilising people, this includes: residents, community leaders, change makers, social entrepreneurs, trustees, directors and employees of social enterprises and local charities, people interested in developing community projects or a career in the public or third sector, people interested in applying Community Rights or just wanting to meet others who are interested in making St. Paul's a better place.
What will we cover? Through a variety of practical excersices and teaching pieces, in this introduction to Community Organising, we will explore:
Understanding power: different types of power and power dynamics. My personal relationship to power Power mapping Engaging and mobilising through listening How to create a listening format/ sheet Reflective practice Network buildingAction Planning
This session will be delivered by ACORN and Community CoLab
A Few Important Things To Note!
We will run stay and play on request and only by booking as we have limited capacity
Please bring shared lunch and warm clothing, we will only provide snacks and refreshments.
You must book to attend.
Please bring your own notebook and pen to take notes.
Please arrive on time!!! we have a lot to cover and will not wait for anyone, if you miss a part of the event it will affect your whole experience as all elements of the workshop are linked.
We expect people to start putting into practice their skills in Community Organising and there will be a follow up session a few weeks after the training session to catch up with people, see how its going and reflect on practice.